This is a subject that has, over the years, been picking up momentum (much to the dismay of the evolutionist). The debate has increasingly become more popular and is forcing more people to consider the issue and choose a side.
So what are the options that we must consider? How did the universe begin?
There are really only three options. Some say there is a fourth, but the fourth option is so completely ludicrous that I’m not even going to consider it. It is the idea that this is all just a part of the imagination or dream of some celestial being and therefore we don’t even exist, which is just ridiculous.
The three options that I will address are:
- The universe is eternal and through blind chance. The right circumstances came about, which by random chance, through slight successive modifications, life evolved and over millions of years, we are the result.
- There is a “God” or “supreme being”, who brought together the right environment, started the process of evolution and has intermittently tweaked and guided this process with us as the desired outcome.
- This is the idea that begins with Genesis 1:1, as found the Holy Scriptures used by the Christians, the Jews as well as the Muslims. It’s important to note though that there is NO solidarity between these three religious groups.
The third option is the one option that is most despised and attacked. This is also the one option that is most definitive and has no room for compromise.
The third option, or Worldview (a worldview is what one believes concerning all aspects of the world in which we live) more specifically states, “In the beginning God (specifically Yahweh) created the heavens and the earth.”
“Thus in six days the heavens and the earth were completed (Heb. kâlâh; accomplish, cease, be done fully, complete), and all their hosts (Heb. tsebâ,âh; a mass of persons, or figuratively, all things).”
Everything was made complete, fully formed, mature. God said, “Let Us make man,” not “let Us make amebae.” He didn’t just plant seeds, He made everything fully grown in six 24 hour days, roughly 6000 years ago.
So we see these are the only options we have for the beginning. Even though we live in a post modern time, where apparently if you believe it, green is orange, a rock is a dog, Susan is Fred, reality is still reality, whether you believe it or not, and the more willingly ignorant one is, the harder reality will hit them in the face. The universe only started one way, and since no one was there to see it, we can only observe the present and base our conclusions of the past on the facts that we find today.
Such will be the point of this article. Of course I am biased and I hold to the presupposition that Genesis 1:1 is true. Everyone holds to a presupposition from which they form their worldview, but the question is, if the facts don’t support their worldview, would they be honest enough to follow the evidence to wherever it leads?
I want to make it known that I am not a scientist, therefore I will rely heavily upon the great Christian scientists who are the ones who do the actual studies and experiments.
Let us together stand in awe of God, for “when I consider Thy heavens, the works of Thy fingers; The moon, the stars which Thou has ordained; what is man that Thou dost take thought of him? And the son of man, that Thou dost care for him?” (Psalm 8:3-4)